Our work in Colombia

NHRF's Colombia Office

The NHRF has from the secretariat in Oslo worked extensively and strategically in Colombia for three decades, establishing long-term relationships, partnerships and networks with relevant actors in the human rights field and in civil society in general, with excellent results. Through a new agreement with the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá, we will continue our work to support frontline human rights defenders and the Colombian civil society.

In the spring of 2020, the NHRF established an office in Bogotá to increase the support to Colombian civil society organizations at a crucial time in the country’s history, through open calls for proposals based on thorough in-country context analysis and needs assessment for frontline human rights defenders’ and civil society work. The establishment of the Colombia Office has enabled us to increase close monitoring and follow-up of the grantees and to ensure targeted, fit-for-purpose capacity building. Grantmaking is focused in three thematic areas that were determined according to our current country strategy for Colombia.

The NHRF works with three strategic areas in Colombia:

  • The peace process and access to justice for victims
  • Security protection and guarantees for human rights defenders
  • Work for access to and protection of land, territory and environmental rights

The current Colombia portfolio consists of 21 active projects – 18 projects approved with the grant from the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá, and three ongoing projects from 2019. 78 % of the projects are within NHRF’s strategic area 1 (Peace process and victim’s rights), 61 % in strategic area 2 (security protection and guarantees for HRDs) and 33 % in strategic area 3 (land and environmental rights). The portfolio will increase as more calls will be carried out the next few years.

Articles and updates


"I Defend Rights": New exhibition opening in Colombia

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund is very proud to announce that the exhibition "Yo Defiendo Derechos"- made in collaboration with Memria and Foundation WeAre, will open at Casa de la Memoria in Medellín, Colombia. The exhibition uses oral testimonies from human rights defenders to invite the visitors to put them themselves in the place of those who dedicate their lives to defend human rights.

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Defending human rights during a pandemic: An additional challenge for organizations in Colombia

Defending human rights is a complicated task for many defenders around the world. If one also live in Colombia, a country with an armed conflict that has lasted for more than 60 years and in addition being the third most affected by COVID-19 in Latin America, this mission becomes even more difficult for defenders in the country.

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Organizations supported by the NHRF are nominated for the National Human Rights Award in Colombia 2020

The organizations Diakonia and Act Iglesia Sueca annually recognize the work of human rights defenders and organizations in Colombia.

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